Trails

Yorke Peninsula has a diverse range of trails, from traditional land based walks to underwater dive trails.

There are bushwalks, clifftop and shoreline rambles, unique geology trails; plus a wonderful array of birdlife and wildlife, history and heritage trails. 

Or follow the distinctive yellow signs along the 500 kilometres of continuous shared walking, cycling leisure trail which navigates the coastline of Yorke Peninsula, all part of the new Walk The Yorke project.

Whether you're an avid bushwalker or love to stroll, ride or run...it's all waiting for you on peaceful, unspoilt Yorke Peninsula.
 

Walking Trails

Explore Yorke Peninsula by foot and discover hidden secrets on walking trails that meander across the peninsula.

From coastal walks to heritage trails, town walks or exploring Innes National Park, there’s plenty of choice for stretching your legs.

An ongoing project Walk the Yorke, is linking together existing coastal trails to make a continuous 500 kilometre long trail along Yorke Peninsula's coastline. Walk the Yorke showcases pristine beaches, rugged cliffs, amazing views and farm land.

CH Smith Trail

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the clifftop from Ardrossan to Tiddy Widdy Beach with great views of Gulf St Vincent and plenty of birdlife. This easy 3 kilometre trail has many access points and is cycle and wheelchair friendly.

James Well, Rogues Point to Pine Point Walk

This 5.5 kilometre walk along the coast is mostly sealed, and features the original windmill that once supplied James Well township with mains water.

Port Vincent Walking Trail

This gently undulating trail runs through native scrub on the northern boundary of Port Vincent. It features three entrances, a wooden bridge and about 40 species of native vegetation. Entry to the Port Vincent Walking Trail is north of the Port Vincent marina.

Stansbury Coastal Trail

The 6 kilometre, three-stage Stansbury Coastal Trail stretches from the jetty, along the foreshore, past the caravan park and to the cemetery. Then choose between a cliff top or beach walk to Pitts Cutting. Interpretive signs provide details of the birdlife, including black swans and pelicans found on the sand flats. 

Edithburgh Environmental Walk

This walk snakes its way for 4 kilometres from Edithburgh to Sultana Point. It’s an easy walk with a beach or cliff top option and wheelchair access. There’s also a 5 kilometre walk that takes you right along the coast to Coobowie. On a clear day you can see the Adelaide Hills.

Innes National Park walking trails

Stenhouse Bay Lookout Walk
Starting at the jetty car park, this 2 kilometre, 1 hour return loop leads you around the cliff tops through low closed coastal heath. 

Thomson-Pfitzner Plaster Trail Hike
Start from Inneston or Stenhouse Bay, follow the Thomson-Pfitzner Plaster Trail Hike along the old wooden rail line. 16 interpretive signs take walkers back in time during a 3 hour return trip.

Cape Spencer Lighthouse Walk
Along this 15 minute return walk, observe fantastic views of Althorpe and Kangaroo islands from the lighthouse. 

Inneston
The Inneston Historic Walk is a well-marked, 1 hour return trail that meanders through the old gypsum mining area, with interpretive signs that tell the story of the early days. 

West Cape Headland Hike
This easy, half-hour return, 1 kilometre loop trail takes you along the rugged cliff top of the West Cape headland, offering stunning views of Wedge and Althorpe islands and Pondalowie Bay. 

Royston Head Walk
Enjoy spectacular views of the rugged peninsula and sparkling blue Southern Ocean, especially from the lookout. It takes around 2 hours return.

Browns Beach to Gym Beach
Along this 2 hour, 1 way trek, find unique flora and fauna, high sand dunes, a good range of birdlife and delicate wild orchids in spring. 

Minlaton Walking Trail

Starting at the Visitor Information Centre, the Minlaton Walking Trail heads to the H J & Brian Cook Native Animal Reserve before meandering through the outskirts of town. Along the walk, interpretive signs explain the naturally growing River Red gums, and early settlement of the area, originally known as Gum Flat. The walk can be finished via Sheoak Grove or the Bird Hide, before heading back to the starting point.

Barkers Rocks Walking Trail

Between Barkers Rocks and Port Rickaby, this 5 kilometre trail takes about 2 hours each way and features a pristine coastal reserve with great coastal views.

Port Victoria Geology Trail

The Port Victoria Geology Trail runs south from the jetty to Rifle Butts Beach and highlights include volcanic action from nearly 2000 million years ago. Allow about 2 hours for this easy 3 kilometre walk. An excellent guide book, which explains in detail the sites and geological features, is available from the foreshore kiosk.

Port Hughes Coastal Trail

The 2.5 kilometre Port Hughes Coastal Trail, follows the cliffs and foreshore from Simms Cove to South Beach. Interpretive signs along the way, tell the story of Port Hughes history and the importance of managing the natural coastal environment.

Moonta Historic Town Walk

Starting and finishing at the Moonta Town Hall, the Moonta Historic Town Walk takes about 1 hour. The self guided walk showcases many of Moonta's shops, hotels, banks, post office, meeting halls and several houses. Most were erected between 1863 and 1875 and many have retained their authentic shop fronts and verandas. 

Moonta Mines Walking Trails

Discover the history of this copper mining region via three marked trails which form the Moonta Mines Walking Trails. Ryans Walk is a short walk of about 500 metres. Hancocks Walk, from the miner’s cottage or sweet shop, is approximately 45 minutes return. Hughes Walk is a short loop around historic Hughes Engine House and takes about 1 hour. More information is available from the Moonta Tourist Office or the Moonta Mines Museum.

Wallaroo Historic Town Walk

The Wallaroo Historic Town Walk takes about 1 hour and covers Wallaroo's main commercial area which contains various buildings, both commercial and public, dating from 1861. Most of the Owen Terrace streetscape was erected between 1864 and 1900 and over the years has seen many changes of businesses and uses. Call into the Copper Coast Visitor Information Centre or the Wallaroo Heritage and Nautical Museum for the town walk map.

Kadina Historic Town Walk

For an insight into Kadina's past, this self guided Kadina Historic Town Walk takes in many old buildings including the Kadina Town Hall, Victoria Square Rotunda, churches, hotels and banks. The trail starts and finishes at the Kadina Town Hall and takes about one hour. Brochures are available from the Copper Coast Visitor Information Centre or local council offices.

Port Broughton Historic Walking Trail

Visit some of the historic landmarks and learn about Port Broughton’s history on the Port Broughton Historic Walking Trail. Call into the Port Broughton Visitor Outlet to collect a Walk Around Port Broughton booklet.
 

Walk The Yorke

The exciting new Walk the Yorke trail involves the construction of a 500km continuous shared walking, cycling leisure trail following the coastline of Yorke Peninsula.

Walk the Yorke showcases Yorke Peninsula’s spectacular coastline, diverse coastal communities and environments unique to ‘Yorkes’.

Download the Walk the Yorke leisure trail map to view the existing trail network, or head to the Walk The Yorke section for more information on individual trails.

If you've had a chance to 'Walk The Yorke', head to the Yorke Peninsula facebook page and share your photos...be sure to include the hashtag #walktheyorke 

Here’s just a sample of trails already on offer…

  • Meander through samphire flats and mangroves, from Port Clinton to Price

  • Wind your way from Tiddy Widdy Beach to Ardrossan along the top of the area’s famous red clay cliffs, providing spectacular views across Gulf St Vincent

  • Wander in and around Pine Point and Port Julia, as the trails lead you through native vegetation, encountering birdlife and wildflowers

  • Explore lookouts and vantage points at Port Vincent & Stansbury, with interpretive signage about birdlife and heritage

  • Discover the sea-themed mosaic walk in Coobowie, Edithburgh & Sultana Point

  • Visit the bush garden at Port Moorowie to learn about Yorke Peninsula’s unique indigenous vegetation

  • Learn about coastal habitat connections as you stroll along Point Turton’s foreshore

  • Walk along the pristine Barkers Rocks coastal reserve from Barkers Rocks to Port Rickaby

  • Get an amazing insight into the ancient history of volcanic action from nearly 2000 million years ago on the Port Victoria Geology Trail

The Walk the Yorke project is supported by funding from the Australian Government, South Australian Government and the Yorke Peninsula Council. 
 

Walk the Yorke walking trails, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Underwater Trails

Yorke Peninsula's underwater trails provide excellent diving opportunities for both beginners and more experienced divers.    

The Zanoni shipwreck is located 10 nautical miles south-east of Ardrossan and forms part of Adelaide’s Underwater Heritage Trail. The Zanoni is the most intact 19th century merchant sailing vessel in South Australian waters.  Divers wanting to explore this wreck must get a permit.

The Investigator Strait Shipwreck Trail lies between Yorke Peninsula and Kangaroo Island and highlights 10 of the 26 shipwrecks in the area, dating from 1849 to 1982.  With 6 land-based interpretive signs, and even more underwater, you’ll be able to learn the history of these maritime mishaps.

The Wardang Island Maritime Heritage Trail has 8 shipwrecks within 10 nautical miles of one another. Clear shallow waters make it ideal for novice shipwreck divers. Mooring buoys are located at 5 of the wrecks.

Please take all safety precautions when diving and advise someone of your plans.
 

Cycling Trails

Yorke Peninsula’s trail network caters not only for walking, but for cycling too. Most trails are gravel and provide an excellent way to explore the region on two wheels.

As these are shared trails, please remember to be careful and give way to walkers.

If you don’t have your own bike, the Copper Coast Visitor Information Centre at Kadina has bikes and helmets for hire...and best of all, they are free!
 

Heritage Drive Trails

Explore the Copper Coast townships of Wallaroo, Kadina and Moonta by road, and follow their Heritage Drive Trails.

All Heritage Drive Trails are marked with distinctive trail signage, helping you to navigate and find your way.    

You can visit sites of historical significance, heritage buildings, and places that have contributed to the development of these three Copper Coast towns. Each trail takes around 1 to 2 hours to complete.

Wallaroo Heritage Trail

The leisurely 9 kilometre drive, starts and ends at the Wallaroo Heritage and Nautical Museum and passes many sites of historical interest. Simply follow the 'Tour Drive 37' trail signs. Download a copy of the Wallaroo Heritage Trail map.

Moonta Heritage Trail

Starting at the Moonta Town Hall, this 16 kilometre trail highlights shops, houses and many historic sites giving you an insight into the history and development of Moonta. Simply follow the 'Tour Drive 38' trail signs. Download a copy of the Moonta Heritage Trail map.

Kadina Heritage Trail

Starting at the Old Railway Station on Frances Terrace, this leisurely drive of about 12 kilometres takes in the historical sites of Kadina. Simply follow the 'Tour Drive 40' trail signs. Download a copy of the Kadina Heritage Trail map.